Rafael Cruz, a Christian conservative celebrity and the father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, recently described gay marriage as part of an “agenda to destroy America.”

According to Right Wing Watch, Cruz made his comments the day after the Supreme Court heard a case challenging gay marriage bans in four states. A ruling, which could bring marriage equality to the 13 states where it remains illegal, is expected in June.

“My son has submitted two bills,” Cruz said, referring to a constitutional amendment which would define marriage as a heterosexual union and a measure which would prohibit federal judges from ruling on the issue of marriage. “We are gong to have to stand firm on the agenda to destroy America.”

“I lost my freedom once. I'm not willing to lose it again. I will die fighting before I lose it again, and so should you,” he said.

Cruz also falsely claimed that a ruling permitting nationwide marriage equality would lead to the persecution of Christians.

If the Supreme Court rules to “legalize homosexual marriage … the next thing that is going to come is the government coming to your church and saying, 'You must hire a homosexual pastor. You must perform homosexual marriages.' We are gong to come to a crossroads in America. We're going to have to decide whether we obey God or we obey government if that's what's coming. This is about religious persecution.”

The U.S. Constitution protects religious organizations from government intrusion. That protection extends to who they hire and the couples they marry.